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When Your Case is the One Being Studied

Leonardo Párraga | May 25, 2016
It is only when we think about where we began that we discover the magnitude of what we have achieved. Yet, we are often so preoccupied with future outcomes that it’s difficult to live in the...

A Coincidental Entrepreneur’s Guide to the Laureate Global Fellowship

Ayşe Gökçe Bor | March 3, 2016
I never intended to be an entrepreneur. In 2012, while studying interaction design in Sweden, I joined a friend in co-founding a social business in my home town. Our venture, Eşya Kütüphanesi (...

What YouthActionNet Looks for in Young Social Entrepreneurs

Lisa Jones | February 23, 2016
As someone who has served as a judge to help select the past four classes of Laureate Global Fellows , I know that the process is considered a great responsibility—and incredible inspiration...

How to Take Your Fellowship Application to the Next Level

Jessie Elisberg | February 15, 2016
Here at YouthActionNet, this is always an exciting time of year—between now and March 13, we’ll see hundreds of young leaders from around the world apply to become one of the 20 social...

From Foster Care Statistic to Champion of Systems Change: Luke Rodgers' Journey

Lisa Jones | November 9, 2015
In a new video, watch Luke Rodgers bring his audience from bated breath to inspired ovation as he shares his story of growing up in the United Kingdom's foster care system and his vision for...

Kenyan Fellows Meet Up!

Peggy Mativo | August 17, 2015
What happens when you gather five YouthActionNet Fellows in Kenya in a room together for the first time? I recently had the chance to find out in a meeting with Fredrick Ouko (2009), George Gachara (...

Students Gain Experience as Consultants for Youth-Led Social Ventures

Lisa Jones | April 24, 2015
Taufan Putra is a YouthActionNet alumni and founder of Amartha Microfinance —an organization that improves the lives of low-income rural women and families in Indonesia through small business...

Women Using #STEM for Change

Lisa Jones | April 8, 2015
On March 8 th , more than 1,000 global events took place in celebration of International Women’s Day. This year’s theme, #makeithappen , was a call to action for recognizing and advancing...

5 Reasons Why I’m Glad I Applied (3 Times!) to the Laureate Global Fellowship

Wiclif Otieno | March 16, 2015
Driven by his own personal experience, Wiclif founded Kito International to prepare Kenyan street youth, ages 17 to 24, for a better life. Its two-month immersion program includes training in life...

En Route to Change: Reflections on my Fellowship Experience

Anoka Abeyrathne | November 5, 2014
20 Fellows. 17 Countries. One week in Peru. I sit in the Paris airport, exhausted after more than 25 hours of flying—Lima to Miami to Paris. The weight of leaving Peru hits me and I blink back...